Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Some say it’s just a part of it,
We’ve got to fulfill the book.
— Bob Marley
Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, OM, the late great Jamaican singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim, has not only left behind music to hit without pain but also words of wisdom that one will do well to heed.
Here are 10 Marley quotes to reflect on:
1. One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
2. Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
3. Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
4. Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.
5. The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.
6. Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?
7. Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold.
8. None but ourselves can free our minds.
9. If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color; only society makes rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.
10. I don’t know how to live good. I only know how to suffer.
Barbara Greene, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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